Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to beat the host Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
The Warriors began the game on a 22-9 tear and went on to shoot 73% from the field in the first quarter, taking the crowd out of it early.
Durant was perfect, making all five of his field goals and both free throws for 12 points. He and Curry picked up two fouls each, but the Warriors still built a 19-point lead.
Game 4 is Sunday at Staples Center.
The Clippers won Game 2 on the road after trailing by 31 points in the third quarter, stunning the Warriors with the largest comeback in NBA playoff history. But they couldn't find the basket this time, shooting 37% from the floor.
Their only starter in double figures was rookie Ivica Zubac, who finished with 18 points after playing most of the fourth. Patrick Beverley, a defensive pest in Game 2, was limited to six points, four fouls, one rebound and no assists in 18 minutes.
Lou Williams had 16 points, and Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green added 15 each.
Philadelphia 131, Brooklyn 115: Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the visiting 76ers shook off the absence of Joel Embiid (sore left knee) to beat the Nets for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Simmons was 11-for-13 from the field and added nine assists.
San Antonio 118, Denver 108: Derrick White had a career-high 36 points and the host Spurs beat the Nuggets, withstanding a first-half lapse to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Nikola Jokic had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Denver. Game 4 is Saturday in San Antonio, where the Spurs are 3-0 vs. the Nuggets this season.
• Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his lower left leg. He averaged 15.5 points in 19 games after the Mavericks acquired in him a blockbuster seven-player deal with the Knicks, headlined by Dallas getting Kristaps Porzingis.
•Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson had surgery on his right shoulder. Anderson played only 43 games this season and averaged 8.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists.